May 1 COVID-19 update: 11,891 total cases, 204 deaths in Tennessee

Posted at 8:53 AM, May 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-02 09:17:28-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Tennessee Department of Health confirmed an additional 1,156 cases of COVID-19, bringing the state's total to 11,891 confirmed cases.

More than 800 of the new cases are inmates at Trousdale Turner Correctional Center. All inmates statewide will now be tested for COVID-19.

Since the outbreak began, 5,546 people have recovered from the virus.

Statewide, 204 deaths related to the novel coronavirus have been reported.

TDH said there have been 1,113 people hospitalized due to COVID-19 and 186,132 tests for the virus have been administered.

On Friday, the governor released his guidelines on places of worship returning to in-person services.

Current county-by-county numbers are available in the map below this story, updated daily after 2 p.m. These numbers may not add up the total number, as the daily reports from the Tennessee Department of Health often have dozens of cases that have yet been linked to a county.

Metro Public Health Department officials have confirmed 2,832 total cases of COVID-19 in Nashville/Davidson County, an increase of 163 in the past 24 hours. Two additional deaths were reported, bringing the county's total to 27.

Even though the new case count has doubled since yesterday, Dr. Alex Jahangir says we’re still on track for a Phase 1 reopening “soon.”

The confirmed cases range in age from 2 months to 99 years. Metro Health officials said Friday that an 85-year-old woman and an 87-year-old man have died. Both had underlying health conditions.

Of those who've tested positive, 1,466 individuals have recovered from the virus.

This marked the first time that surrounding counties have had more cases than Davidson County. Dr. Jahangir says that may because of an isolated cluster but didn't provide more specifics.

The city is also launching a mobile testing unit to help provide COVID-19 tests to nursing homes. This could begin as early as next week. After nursing homes are tested, these units could be used out in the community.

Additionally, Metro will help businesses get masks for employees if they are unable to get any. They're also asking residents to make their own at home.

The MPHD COVID-19 Hotline received 181 calls on Thursday, April 30, 2020.

Total number of cases: 2,832
Cases reported in the past 24 hours: 163

Cases by sex
Male: 1,347
Female: 1,261
Unknown: 224

Total cases by age

Total active cases

Cooper announced Thursday that the county’s “Safer-at-Home” order had been extended until at least May 8.

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What is COVID-19 (a.k.a. the new coronavirus?)

According to the World Health Organization, coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. Examples include the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans. COVID-19 stands for "Coronavirus disease 2019," which is when this strain of the coronavirus was discovered.

What are the symptoms?

The CDC says patients confirmed to have the 2019-nCoV reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

Or at least two of the following symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

At this time, the CDC believes symptoms could appear as soon as two days after exposure, or as long as 14 days.


The CDC is recommending "common sense" measures such as:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.